Black Nurses Lose Their Case to Get Same Salary as White Nurse at TUT

Black Nurses Lose Their Case to Get Same Salary as White Nurse at TUT

- The nurses who recently voiced unhappiness at being paid less than a white nurse because of their social backgrounds have lost their case

- The TUT nurses had taken the matter to court where a judge ruled in their favour

- The case was then taken to the Labour Appeal Court where judges overruled the decision to give the nurses salary increases

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Three black nurses from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) have lost their bid to get an equal salary as a white nurse, Sarina Kloppers, at the same institution.

This comes after the nurses, Paul Maraba, Lydia Khwinana and Matilda Legwale, complained that they had been victims of discrimination because of their social background.

Black Nurses Lose Their Case to Get Same Salary as White Nurse at TUT
Three black nurses have lost their discrimination case. Image: Unsplash
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In 2019 Acting Labour Court Judge Sandile Mabaso ordered TUT to increase the trio's salaries and to backdate the salary increase to 2011, citing that they had in fact been subjected to discrimination based on their social background.

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Today that decision was overruled by Labour Appeal Court Acting Judge Kate Savage with Judge Philip Coppin and Acting Judge Daisy Molefe, who maintained that the three were not subjected to discrimination.

According to IOL, clear evidence proved that the salary difference was due to the uncapping of salaries at TUT.

”The evidence indicated that this differentiation arose from the decision to uncap salaries," read a statement from the judges.

Briefly News also reported that Judge Edwin Tlhotlhalemaje of the South African Labour Court recently overturned a ruling made by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to have a man who travelled to work reinstated despite having known that he was positive for Covid-19.

The man, Sturrman Mogotsi, an assistant butcher at national meat supplier Eskort Ltd, went against Covid-19 protocols when he tested positive for Covid-19 but proceeded to travel to work daily.

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News24 reports that Mogotsi was sacked after the company learned of his Covid status but he took the matter to the CCMA who ruled in his favour stating that he should have been given a final warning and not sacked over the matter.

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Source: Briefly News

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